KUNA -- The Exergy Tour made its stop in Kuna for stage two on Saturday. Despite the rain and the cold, thousands showed up to get a glimpse of the world-class female cycling event.

Kuna is the best, said Exergy Tour spokeswoman Heather Hill. They really have just gone all out in terms of welcoming the Exergy Tour to this town.

The time trial brought spectators from around the region and online spectators from around the globe.

We've got the best women riders in the world, right here in Idaho. That's pretty amazing, said Sean Lloyd of Meridian, who was there with his wife Jill, and their sons Wyatt and Jude.

Kuna's a small town, and that's often where the biggest welcomes are found, said Hill.

One of the reasons for that big welcome is that people here know what an international event can do for the tourism of a small town, and all of southwestern Idaho.

I think that it's wonderful, said Christina Rhoades from Nampa, who said she would also watch the race in Crouch and Idaho City on Sunday. It's great exposure for the Treasure Valley, and I think we have everything that can accommodate such a race. I think people are surprised when they come to the area, just to see what we do have to offer.

One of Kuna's offerings is Matteeo's Firehouse Cafe, owned and operated by Matthew O'Connor.

It's putting a really positive spin on our local communities here, as far as Nampa and Kuna, and getting us a chance to showcase our downtown and giving us an opportunity to share it with the world, said O'Connor.

With his restaurant just feet from the starting line, O'Connor has seen a huge uptick in business, but knows the benefits go beyond this weekend.

We're getting a lot of different people in, that normally, from the area, wouldn't have ventured out to Kuna, said O'Connor. And one by one, each person that we touch, are people that are going to come back to Kuna.

Sunday, the Tour starts in Crouch at noon and will finish in Idaho City around three.

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